Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Soft baby hats for premies

My dear cousins just had a baby girl, 2 months early. Thankfully she is doing well, but she is pretty tiny. I remember when my nephew was born early, my sister was saying that all the hats were way too big, so I decided to make a couple of hats for my baby cousin.

These are really easy, most important you use very soft fabric. You want to line the hat, so no seams are touching the baby’s head directly. If you are making these for a newborn preemie, remember to wash your fabric with special baby detergent, before you make the hats.

I have included my pattern here. I was inspired by this wonderful tutorial for baby hats. I made the pattern smaller for preemies and sewed it up a bit different to have the whole thing lined…

I hope you can help some little tiny premies with some of these cute, soft hats!

What you will need:
Scraps of very soft, stretchy knit material
For the hats use a stretch stitch on your regular machine, or better yet use a serger.

1. Cut two hat pieces out of your main fabric and 2 hat pieces out of your lining fabric
2. Cut a bottom piece out of your main fabric
3. Fold the hat in half (right sides together) and sew along the diagonal side of every hat piece (4 in total)

4. Place the two main fabric hat pieces right sides together and sew around the entire curved part.

5. Do the same for the lining pieces, but leave a little part unsewn, about 2” (a part in the middle, not end). This is so we can flip the hat after.

6. Now take your bottom part and sew it into a tube, right sides together (sew along short side)
7. Turn your main fabric hat piece right side out and pull your loop over it (the loop should be wrong side out so that the right sides are sewn together), lining up the raw edges.

8. Flip the whole thing to be it wrong sides out.
9. Now take your lining piece and place it in the open end of the loop, right sides together. Sew around the whole thing so that it is closed.
10. Now turn everything out through the hole of the lining and stitch the lining hole shut. 
11. Push the lining into the main fabric so that your loop folds in half.
12. You can fold the bottom part up to make a cuff.

That's all!


  1. Mira, these are SO cute and such a practical gift for a little baby. Hope you don't mind, but I've pinned.

  2. Thank you for sharing this tutorial. Now, all my friends are having babies I can give this as a lovely personal gift. And with winter coming in Australia I can make one for my 8 months old daughter too. This tutorial feels as a present to myself. You made my day!



  3. I hope your cousin and her baby are doing well :)
    A family friend just had a prem baby, I might whip one up for her.

  4. I saw your little soft baby hats on Threading My Way and love them! I will definitely be trying these! Thanks for sharing! :)